Technical Articles

  • Spotlight on Sprinkler System Freeze Protection

    The American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA), a Dallas-based international trade association representing the fire sprinkler industry, empathizes wi…

  • Flashpoint

    As we start the New Year, my thoughts turn to addressing one of our membership’s largest needs: representation on National Fire Protection Association…

  • Flashpoint

    It has been almost a year since I accepted a position with AFSA, and what a ride it has been! From the beginning, I could not have asked for better su…

  • Testing the Waters

    Sometimes Evaluating Water Supply Takes on a Whole New Meaning In water-based fire protection systems, there’s one consistent factor… water. The…

  • Fire Protection and Life Safety

    Considerations of Mass Reopening As the country moves toward reopening businesses and ending lockdown periods undertaken to help reduce the spread of …

Spotlight on Sprinkler System Freeze Protection

The American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA), a Dallas-based international trade association representing the fire sprinkler industry, empathizes with the people affected and the hardships presented by this unprecedented winter storm and freeze.The majority of fire sprinkler systems are installed with water-filled pipes, which must be protected from freezing and are …

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Flashpoint

As we start the New Year, my thoughts turn to addressing one of our membership’s largest needs: representation on National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) technical committees. Our average contractor member typically does not have the time or resources to participate in the NFPA process actively. I know this firsthand. Working …

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Testing the Waters

Sometimes Evaluating Water Supply Takes on a Whole New Meaning In water-based fire protection systems, there’s one consistent factor… water. The sprinkler industry has long had a love/hate relationship with water. The whole concept around what we do is based on getting the right amount of water to the right …

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Have Issues with ITM?

Members Save Time and Money with Informal Interpretations The informal interpretations featured in this issue of Sprinkler Age address inspection, testing, and maintenance (ITM) issues. Informal interpretations are prepared by the American Fire Sprinkler Association’s (AFSA) Technical Services Department— John August Denhardt, PE, FSFPE, vice president of Engineering & Technical …

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Window Sprinkler Design

Application and Pitfalls When reviewing a set of contract documents, I often find myself gravitating to the life-safety drawings. These drawings spell out several items which help me in evaluating the overall sprinkler needs for a project. Among the most common items identified are the location and rating of the …

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Exposure Protection

What is it? Exposure protection refers to the protecting of a structure from a nearby fire. This can be in the form of radiation from a nearby fire, exposure to flames from a jetting fire, from a burning building or roof at a lower elevation than the exposed building, or …

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